Junior Haley Paul turned in an 11th place finish with a time of 21-minutes and three seconds on the 6,000 meter course, earning a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.
"Haley Paul led our team again and had a good race but it was not quite her best day," said Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake. "We had a real nice pack of women behind Haley but unfortunately they were just a little off the mark where they needed to be."
Junior Collier Lawrence (31st), senior Kelly Ramirez (37th), junior Isley Gonzalez (38th), and freshman Lisa Egami (39th) all finished well and scored for the Cougars. All four women also finished within seven seconds of each other. Freshman Chelsea VanDeBrake and redshirt freshman Sara Trané rounded out the Cougar team scorers.
"Lisa Egami had a great race today by running up there with the rest of the team," Drake said. "It was definitely good for her and it's nice to see her improving every single weekend."
The No. 1 ranked Stanford team put four runners in the top five and easily won over Arizona State to gain the women's team title, scoring 22 points to ASU's 51. Washington placed third with 96 points. Washington State finished in sixth place with 156 points. Arianna Lambie of Stanford cruised to her second straight individual title with a time of 20:15.
On the men's side, Woody Favinger led WSU with an 18th place finish, covering the 8,000m course in 24:01. Junior Alex Grant was the next Cougar across the line in 19th place (24:03). Also scoring for Washington State were juniors Andrew Jones in 34th (24:35) and Chris Williams in 40th (24:42). Sophomore Drew Polley in 49th rounded out the Cougar scorers with a time of 24:56. Senior Clay Hemlock and Freshman Dan Geib also scored for team displacement.
"The two great performers on the men's side were Alex Grant and Woody Favinger," Drake said. "Both ran very good races in an incredible field. To see those guys move up throughout the race was beautiful."
No. 7 Oregon squeaked out a win over No. 5 Stanford in the men's race with 53 points. Stanford placed second with 58 points and Arizona third, with 107 points. Washington State finished in seventh place with 150 points.
"Overall it was an average day for both teams and the men and women were just a little off the mark," Drake said.
The Cougars have two weeks to train before the heading to Portland, Ore., for the NCAA West Region Championships Saturday, Nov. 11.
Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Stanford Golf Course, Palo Alto, Calif. 8,000m) October 28, 2006
Men's Race Top Team Results: 1. Oregon 53; 2. Stanford 58; 3. Arizona 107; 4. Arizona State 113; 5. California 130.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Galen Rupp (Oregon) 23:03; 2. Robert Cheseret (Arizona) 23:10; 3. Neftalem Araia (Stanford) 23:15; 4. Aaron Aguayo (Arizona State) 23:20; 5. Obed Mutanya (Arizona) 23:23.
WSU Results: 18. Woody Favinger 24:01; 19. Alex Grant 24:03; 34. Andrew Jones 24:35; 40. Chris Williams 24:42; 49. Drew Polley 24:56; 60. Clay Hemlock 25:20; 63. Dan Geib 25:36; 69. Chris Concha 26:03; 71. Dominic Smargiassi 26:11; 72. Evan Blanshan 26:17.
Pac-10 Cross Country Championships (Stanford Golf Course, Palo Alto, Calif. 6,000m) October 28, 2006
Women's Race Top Team Results: 1. Stanford 22; 2. Arizona State 51; 3. Washington 96; 4. Oregon 103; 5. California 121.
Top Five Individuals: 1. Arianna Lambie (Stanford) 20:15; 2. Kathleen Trotter (Stanford) 20:18; 3. Amanda Trotter (Stanford) 20:18; 4. Teresa McWalters (Stanford) 20:25; 5. Cassie Rios (Arizona State) 20:38.
WSU Results: 11. Haley Paul 21:03; 31. Collier Lawrence 21:51; 37. Kelly Ramirez 21:57; 38. Isley Gonzalez 21:58; 39. Lisa Egami 21:59; 41. Chelsea VanDeBrake 22:01; 44. Sara Trané 22:08; 45. Meghan Leonard 22:10; 74. Kayle Peterson 22:57.